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Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales

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LibriVox recording of The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer.

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pilgrims on their way from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice. The genres also vary, and include romance, Breton lai, sermon, beast fable, and fabliau. The characters, introduced in the General Prologue of the book, tell tales of great cultural relevance.
The version read here was edited by D. Laing Purves "for popular perusal" and the language is mostly updated.
(Summary by Wikipedia/Gesine)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
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Artist/Composer: Geoffrey Chaucer
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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01 - Preface 5.8 MB
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02 - The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer 53.4 MB
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03 - The General Prologue 35.7 MB
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04a - The Knight's Tale 60.7 MB
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04b - The Knight's Tale 73.1 MB
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05 - The Miller's Tale 50.1 MB
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06 - The Reeve's Tale 21.5 MB
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07 - The Cook's Tale 7.2 MB
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08 - The Man Of Law's Tale 73.1 MB
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09 - The Wife of Bath's Tale 58.0 MB
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10 - The Friar's Tale 21.0 MB
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11 - The Sompnour's Tale 39.4 MB
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12 - The Clerk's Tale 73.3 MB
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13 - The Merchant's Tale 74.5 MB
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14 - The Squire's Tale 28.9 MB
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15 - The Franklin's Tale 40.0 MB
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16 - The Doctor's Tale 15.6 MB
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17 - The Pardoner's Tale 36.7 MB
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18 - The Shipman's Tale 25.3 MB
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19 - The Prioress's Tale 13.8 MB
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20 - The Tale of Sir Thopas 9.3 MB
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21 - Chaucer's Tale of Meliboeus 33.0 MB
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22 - The Monk's Tale 43.5 MB
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23 - The Nun's Priest's Tale 43.1 MB
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24 - The Second Nun's Tale 25.4 MB
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25 - The Canons Yeoman's Tale 34.3 MB
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26 - The Manciple's Tale 15.6 MB
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27 - The Parson's Tale 50.3 MB
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28 - Preces de Chauceres 3.5 MB
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Reviewer: emelye - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2011
Subject: Wife of Bath's Tale Review
Excellent reading of the middle english text (untranslated, thanks!) with modern vowels. Very listenable and clear.

Reviewer: ApolloReed - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - June 4, 2011
Subject: Very Poor Middle English
It is obvious that this reader has studied little or no Middle English pronunciation. If it is your intent to listen to this recording to improve your Middle English, search for Jess B Bessinger Jr.'s reading of the General Prologue.